Oct 13, 2012 10:00am EDT
by the taliban, that for going to school and promoting education for girls. she is a poignant example of why the united nations is focusing on abuses against girls worldwide. 14. >> she was attacked and shot by extremists who don't want girls to have an education and don't want girls to speak for themselves and don't want girls to become leaders who are, for a variety have right of reasons, threatened by that kind of employment. empowerment. >> as part of the first international day of the girl child, world leaders said education is the way to end child marriage. every year ten million girls are removed from school and forced into marriage, according to the u.n. population fund. early marriage deprives young girls of education. it threatens their health and traps them in poverty. west africa has the highest incidence of child marriage but the practice is wide spread across sub-saharan africa, and in bangladesh, india, nepal and pakistan. >> so kim gandhy, let's start with the child bride issue. is this something that the u.n. and the united states can get a handle on? because it's so widespr
Oct 12, 2012 6:00pm EDT
fire on a group of mostly indigenous guatemalans who blockaded a highway to protest education policy, constitutional amendments, and a massive rise in utility costs. according to the attorney general's office, it is the first time members of the military have been prosecuted for abuses committed during a protest since the end of the guatemalan dirty war in 1996. activists in puerto rico are celebrating a key victory after controversial gas pipeline dubbed the death route by its critics has been halted. a permit application for the 92- mile pipeline submitted to the u.s. army corps of engineers was reportedly withdrawn thursday. upon it said the pipeline would have devastated the environment and residents a risk of deadly explosions freed last year, activists and biology professor appeared on democracy now to talk about the project. >> the concern from the community point of view is the ecological damage and the risk the pipeline will pose to over 200,000 people, and is also about the economy, reducing cost of energy we [indiscernible] all of the infrastructure of potential benefits.